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June 2007
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Kate [userpic]

Amusing little video about celebs and plastic surgery, set to the perfect tune. Some of the pictures look like the angle/hairdye has changed their face, but the Posh 'these are my breasts really' Spice photos are genius.

Worksafe. Doesn't need sound, but vastly improved with it.

Thinking: amusedamused
Kate [userpic]

I was bored last night. wehmuth mentioned on yesterday's HP spoiler post that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sounded like a goth band in the style of Libitina, which got me writing.

This is in the comments to that post, but my adoring public (hi chrome_cherry!) demanded that I repost it where it could be truly appreciated.

May I present, for your reading pleasure, Magic PeopleCollapse )

[Disclaimer]: This was a bit of fun for me. I'm not really a Harry Potter fan, so this is probably in no way accurate. It just made me giggle. And I know the meter's not perfect. You have to Jarvis it up in your head and then it's fine.

Kate [userpic]

This has been floating round the interweb for a few weeks now, and while I've shown it to people IRL, I keep forgetting to post it. I've also not seen it on my f-list, so apologies if you're sick to death of it.

Anyway, this is the last of four theatrical trailers for Transformers. It rules because you get to see Optimus Prime transform. I wasn't even a ginormous fan as a kid, but I can't see this without robogasming.

Sorry for the lo-resness of it. That's the only one I could find to embed. If you want to see a range of better quality versions, check out Jalopnik, where they've got millions of links, hi-res photos, and trailers.

Thinking: bouncybouncy
Kate [userpic]

Thinking: amusedamused
Kate [userpic]

Fear me and my excess of posts!

I assume that by now everyone's seen Dove's Evolution of Beauty video. If you haven't, go watch it, as it's great. This is equally impressive - yes, we all know about Photoshopping, but watch them turn a plus-sized model into a catwalk queen.

Photoshoping A Big Girl into A Model - Click Here for more great videos and pictures!

Part of me is disgusted that we feel the need to turn attractive people into attractive skeletons, the rest of me is disgusted with myself for wanting to hire the video artist to Photoshop my life. Womanhood rocks.

Thinking: coldcold
Hearing: Guns N' Roses - It's So Easy
Kate [userpic]

Or, Deep Thorts on a Sunday Morning

We have had, for some time, Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. In recent months, the subject of rights for robots has been discussed in the news. We have Asimo and UAVs.

Robots are an increasing fact of modern life - look at the snow-eating robots of Japan, or the proposed robot nurses for Britain's hospital wards. We have robots in the home as entertainment, and many see robots in their workplace on a daily basis.

As we rely on robots to do more and more, and program them to be more autonomous and responsive, we are looking at their expanding use in the future to safeguard their rights now, before it becomes an issue with the first generation of truly sentient robots interacting with the public on a large, fairly unsupervised scale.

So what are we going to do when those sentient robots start watching telly and see repeats of Robot Wars? We've got five years of recorded archives of man brutally pitting primitive robot against primitive robot in the quest for entertainment, Christians vs. lions style.

I don't think the battle droids will be too impressed.

Thinking: pensivepensive
Kate [userpic]

So, who wants my job? *smug*

Thinking: workingworking
Kate [userpic]

How to make your depressed boyfriend deliriously happy in one easy step: travel 60 miles across the country in stockings, 9-inch heels, and a corset, and surprise him when he's coming out of work.

In other news, I have a swanky new job, which I shall be starting on 20 November. It comes courtesy of camillastar, who kindly pointed out that some of her clients were hiring. Well, they hired me! And she really lives up to her username. :)

I am officially Production Manager for ShinyMedia, the U.K.'s largest blogging family. I will be responsible for making sure that all content is legible and conforms to house style, much as I am doing now, but the job will also include all manner of people management, administration, and cat-herding, making it a very similar role to the Production Controller position I filled for Isis Publishing prior to going to uni. In addition to all that, I will have to be able to copy-edit html, and will learn to edit videos for embedding in the blogs. If anyone can recommend some html for dummies books (even that series will do, I'm just looking for personal recommendations atm), I would be most grateful, as I need to get better sharpish.

Not only does the job look to be really interesting and challenging, but the pay and benefits are better than I have at the moment, and they've told me they don't care what I (or, more importantly, my hair) look like, as long as I get the job done.

The only downside is that I'll have less time to spend with Daniel, but he's now talking seriously about moving up here, so...

And now, what you really read this for in the first place: food!

On Wednesday my mother and I went to Fergus Henderson's St. John restaurant for some lunchtime offally goodness, and it was amazing. I started with smoked eel and horseradish, which was nice enough, but my mother had bone marrow salad, which was mind-blowing. Four bits of roasted bone, with two slices of toasted brown bread, a pile of parsely and thinly-sliced marinated onions, and big heap of Maldon salt. Incredible. Marrow spread onto bites of toasted brown bread, sprinkled with salt, and then heaped with the parsley and onion mixture was just divine. Warm, comforting, fresh, crunchy, and just the perfect sort of cosy dish for autumn. I was worried that the marrow might be a bit rich, but the salt cut it perfectly. Then she had an assortment of vension offal with braised chicory, I had veal kidney with mashed swede, and we shared a bowl of sprout tops. There were too many kidneys on the plate for me to eat - who needs four the size of a tennis ball? - but they were meaty and firm, perfectly cooked, and served in a delicious gravy I can't wait to replicate. Her offal was delicious, but the real star of the show was the braised chicory, which had been cooked using orange juice and a floral honey, but was neither sweet nor bitter.

For pudding we met my godmother for tea at The Wolseley, which I'd wanted to go to for ages. I'd go back, but not for tea. The sandwiches had so little filling they were bereft of flavour, the scones were wodgy, and the assortment of cakes was overly sugared and looked much better than they tasted. But the room was lovely, and the main menu looked good, so it's worth another shot.

Thinking: listlesslistless
Hearing: Donkey Rollers - Followers
Kate [userpic]

Yes, I'm pissed off at the election results. No, I didn't think electing Kerry was going to change the world. But I did think it may have been a start.

What really riled me about the results, though, was the fact that Bush appeared to have won without cheating. And then I got this email* from my dad:

Kerry is refusing to concede in Ohio, even though he is behind by 130,000 votes and there are only 135,000 'provisional' ballots to be counted, in order to buy time for a big fraud investigation based on the new electronic voting machines which are made by Diebold, a company run by a big Bush supporter who chaired Bush's fundraising committee in Ohio until forced to step down.

This is what the Dems tell me:
EVERY STATE that has E-Voting but no paper trails has an unexplained advantage for Bush of around +5% when comparing exit polls to actual results.

In EVERY STATE that has paper audit trails on their E-Voting, the exit poll results match the actual results reported within the margin of error.

So we have MATCHING RESULTS for exit polls vs. voting with audits
A 5% unexplained advantage for Bush without audits.

Yes, it's too late to do anything about, and Bush has won. And no, this isn't categorical proof that Bush cheated. But, IMHO, it does explain why we were all so confused.

I'm going to leave this post public, so that you can link to it if you see fit. I certainly haven't seen this anywhere else. And without saying exactly who my dad is, as the anniesj fiasco has taught me to be more cautious about these things, I will tell you that he's been covering the White House since the mid-'80s, has written for most of the globally-recognisable newspapers of Europe and the US, and that he's currently head of a major international news organisation. He may not be right this time, but he usually is, and he does know his stuff.

* He sent me the email while the results were still coming in, and before Kerry conceded.

Thinking: angryangry
Kate [userpic]

I have, for a multitude of reasons, decided to make this journal friends-only. If you want me to friend you, add me, give me a few days to be slack, and I'll probably add you back. Otherwise, leave a comment here.

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